Maybe all the good trees were toppled to make way for parking lots, shopping plazas and high-rises.

a good candidate is a blue spruce that's at least 35 feet tall with a single main trunk located within 10 miles of the Capitol Building

The State of Idaho is looking for a few good Christmas trees.  Here you’ve got a state where the northern and eastern regions are covered in pines, but because of great distances can’t be trucked to Boise.  This story appeared on the Associated Press wire today and it suggests there could be no joy at the State Capitol this year:

CHRISTMAS TREE SEARCH-IDAHO

Hunt for next Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree falters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are facing some early holiday pressure to avoid ending up with a sad and scraggly Charlie Brown type Christmas tree in front of the Statehouse this winter.

Idaho Department of Administration Facilities Manager Ric Johnston in a statement Tuesday says the agency needs more candidates for the official Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree.

He says a good candidate is a blue spruce that's at least 35 feet tall with a single main trunk located within 10 miles of the Capitol Building.

He says other species will be considered.

Johnston says the agency so far has identified one potential tree.

Anyone interested in having a tree removed from their property can call the Department of Administration.

The agency says it will also arrange to have the stump ground down.